Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Deception?

Murder! Wealth! A cover-up! Salacious sex! That's the formula trashy television loves to mine for primetime soaps, and it's on full display in NBC's new drama Deception. I've seen the pilot, and I'm here to help guide you through your decision of whether to sit down watch, or skip it in order to finish that crocheted blanket of a dog and a cat hugging. (Between you and me, I'd go with the blanket.)


What is this Deception thing?

Meagan Good stars as Detective Joanna Locasto, the hard-nosed (and sexy!) type. When she learns that her super-rich childhood bestie Vivian Bowers overdosed to death on drugs, she heads back to the Bowers family manor to mourn. But since Deception is a sudser, Vivian quickly realizes that murder may have been involved and goes undercover, and every member of the Bowers family—who once employed Joanna's mom as their housekeeper—is a suspect! Plus people make out and stuff. The series was previously called Infamous, and previously previously called Notorious.


When does Deception premiere?

The first network series premiere of the midseason, Deception gets the jump on the rest of the competition on Monday, January 7 at 10pm on NBC. That's Revolution's old slot, as the new hit is off 'til late March. Deception follows The Biggest Loser, which wraps the second part of its two-part Season 14 debut that same night.


Who created it?

Liz Heldens, who worked on the first four seasons of Friday Night Lights, crafted this drama. She's also worked on Mercy and Prime Suspect.


Who's the target audience?

Fans of shows where every character is rich and good looking and one snooty eyeroll away from a murder spree. This is essentially NBC's shot at recreating the buzz ABC earned with its own wealthy assholes of Revenge.


What's good about the show?

Though it's nothing new, there's a solid dramatic soap concept in place with a rich family that hates each other and an audience surrogate (Joanna) there to walk us through the mysteries. Katherine LaNasa also shines as the wine-chugging, sour step-matriarch Sophia, and Tate Donovan, who is always welcome on my screen, plays the eldest brother. And hey, a minority lead!


What sucks about it?

God, the acting and the dialogue. They're both absolutely atrocious at points. Like, we're talking "one step up from a Lifetime movie" atrocious. The show also asks the audience to take huge leaps of faith, and the convenient connectedness of everyone involved is a bit much.


So should I watch it or not?

This formula worked for Revenge's first season because it embraced its trashiness. Deception makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously, creating a boring hour of television with duds for bombshells. Only tune in if you don't have a crocheted blanket to finish or bar trivia to play or Castle to watch or pretty much anything else to do.


Can I see a trailer?

Actually, you can watch the whole pilot episode, if Hulu allows it.

But if not, here's a trailer:


What beverage would best accompany Deception?

Red wine and some Xanax.


Deception debuts Monday, January 7 at 10pm on NBC.

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Haha, I read the very first blip about the Deception summary and thought "God, this sounds exactly like Revenge." Sure enough, you and everyone thought so too. NBC needs to get some more original ideas. Frankly, I'd rather watch Revenge for it's campiness. This looks way too serious for its premise.
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I have seen previews and it looks okay, but I'm going to pass, I watch too much as it is!! but it is not a REVENGE RIPOFF NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!
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I have an agreement with my sister to give this show a try for an episode or two, we both acknowledge the Revenge rip off thing (and I have told her that the CW actually has a good rip off version of Revenge in the form of Arrow, but I don't think she has got on board yet).
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I'm going to keep on watching Five-0 on when it's on.
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What, it's a ripoff of "Revenge"? I *never* would have guessed by the ridiculous premise or the 3 titles the show went through or the fact that its promos look exactly like Revenge except aired on a different network. "NBC - taking the 'original' out of 'Original Programming'!"

I don't need plans to not watch this, I would spend my time watching my toenails grow before I watched this.
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No way!
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No freaking way!
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minority lead...hahhaa is that really a selling point?
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When a show has this little going for it, I suppose so. We should be thankful actors allow their likenesses and names to be used for this sort of junk at all, I guess. Only the world would be better had they chosen not to.
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true they were scraping the bottom of the barrel to find anything solid to promote about this show and it hasn't even started yet!
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Even the trailer looks terrible, this review just made it that much easier to not watch it. Granted I did enjoy Revenge but that show barely made it for me so I doubt this one will.
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I have the same reaction to this as I did for Revenge, but back when Revenge started I had a "give everything the four episode test" rule, so I gave it a try - and now I think it's great. Thankfully, after the release of Guys with Kids, The New Normal, Beauty and the Beast, Mob Doctor, Made in Jersey and the plethora of other shite shows this year, I've now abandoned that highly stupid rule so I can completely avoid Deception. Bring on Defiance.
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For some reason this Deception thing sounds a lot like Dallas to me - maybe b/c of stupid plot and bad acting, idk. If I don't have anyth to do I'll probably check the first 5 min. Usually it's enough with such an explicit description))
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To be honest, this show sounds like they took Revenge and the first season of Veronica Mars, and kept the worst parts of each.
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I'm usually not into nighttime soaps, but I'll give it try, mostly because of Meagan Good.
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This show is so terrible... What were they thinking. I know it's not Revenge, but it will be compared to it and to be honest it doesn't measure up at all. It's just not right. It's like that crazy 80 year old aunt who has had too many plastic surgery, a fake ass tan and a really weird wig. Sure she looks like a plastified 40 year old walking corpse from a distance, but up close it just isn't right and plain wrong. The same with this show. From a distance it might look promising. A family mystery, murder, investigation, intrigue, etcetera. But up close it all falls apart, the acting is off, the dialogue is ridiculous, bad camerawork and the story is unoriginal and not interesting at best.

The only thing this show has got going for it is the lame but honest title Deception, for as we are being deceived if this is sold as good televison.
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I might give it a try, because Hulu hates me, but if it's as bad as you said, I won't go far.
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Hulu doesn't hate you; Hulu is trying to help.
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It's probable. :D
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I downloaded the premiere for free on iTunes a couple of weeks ago. NBC seems to be doing that with all of their new shows. I have also downloaded the pilots to Go On, The New Normal, and Revolution for free from iTunes.
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I watched in on Xfinity's On Demand and it was cliched and dull. I won't be tuning in again. I don't even know why Revenge was mentioned in the same article. It's way to entertaining to be associated with Deception in any way.
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I might give it a go.
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I'll try it out.
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It sounds like Dirty Sexy Money and Revenge had a baby and then named it something really generic.
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I'll try it just to make sure, but I don't have much hope that:

1) I'll like it, since it's on NBC
2) It'll stay on the air if I like it, since it's on NBC
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And it *is* Megan Good. I mean...haaaaaaay~
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Veronica Mars was intelligent. This might be, but it doesn't look it.
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I'm a huge fan of Revenge, so I'm willing to give it a try. By the sounds of it, it won't hold a candle to Revenge, but I'm going in with an open mind.
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If I saw the trailer for this last year, I'd have said "No" and wouldn't even give it a try.

But after watching and enjoying Revenge over the winter break, I feel slightly compelled to give this a try. So I'll watch the pilot when it airs (Hulu hates me) and if that's okay, I'll give it a 3 or 4 episode test kinda thing.
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